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| p.1 #7 · p.1 #7 · So what now? Help me with life after hockey shooting! |
A thousand years ago when I was taking college courses, a photography teacher suggested to us that no matter where you find yourself, city, rural, mountains, wherever... stop, stand in one place and turn in a circle, and while doing that take a half dozen shots. When you get back to the lab (I miss the "wet" process sometimes,) make some blowups of each one. Don't try for anything artsy-fartsy, just blow them up. In today's process you just load the images up on the computer and zoom in.
This is where getting creative really started for me. I spent some good time just looking at what I shot, and sure enough, I started mumbling about how I didn't notice this or that detail when I was standing there. Things like people, shadows, buildings, angles, colors, patterns... And it wasn't long after that, that I noticed I had an affinity for sweeping landscapes on one hand, and the textures of gnarly twisted wood on the other.
It seems like you're at a place where you haven't defined a style for yourself yet. Of course, that also means you haven't pidgin-holed yourself either. Go join a photography club. Get yourself around like-minded people. Watch what they're doing and see if something doesn't strike your fancy. Infra Red is very cool. Macro, wide angle, telephoto, architecture, fashion, figure studies, portraits, products, abstract... man, the world is your smorgasbord! Even if something doesn't feel particularly appealing to you, try it. You might like it!